Is wine actually good for you?
This month I’ve been to more happy hours, dinner parties and housewarmings than I’d like to admit or count for that matter.
During all this time I couldn’t help but notice how many people have wine as their drink of choice.
This made me think if people choose the wine because they really-really love it, or because they think it’s the healthier option.
Social media, the radio, or even your friends at some point told you that wine is healthy.
Yes, it’s true that wine contains antioxidants and chemicals associated with various health benefits, but does that really make it healthy?
Let’s review the benefits of wine.
The health benefits are mostly related to its effects on the heart and cardiovascular system.
Studies have shown that red wine may:
- Raise high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or the “good” cholesterol
- Help prevent damage due to high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, the “bad” one
- Help the body produce a more nitric oxide, which protects against blood vessel injury
- Reduce the formation of blood clots
Now on the other hand wine is an alcohol, which if consumed in larger quantities means high calories intake, dehydration and even liver problems in the long run.
So essentially, we can summarize this is three ways really:
- Heavy drinkers should cut back on the consumption
- Moderate drinkers may or may not experience cardiovascular benefits (still unclear on that)
- Non-drinkers shouldn’t start drinking to protect against atherosclerosis
According to the American Heart Association, individuals should discuss alcohol use with their physician on a case-by-case basis.
Additional risk factors like smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depression or diabetes may discourage alcohol use.
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